COLLEGECANDY Writer

Jess T.

I'm a 30-something gal navigating life, love and now, a battle with breast cancer in New York City. Friends & family would describe me as a lover, a nurturer, a dork, a goofball, bright, headstrong, blunt and ridiculous in the best kind of way. Among my favorite things are food, laughter, shoes, working with little ones, devoting time to organizations where I can positively effect others lives, the San Diego Chargers, travel and my phenomenal network of friends and family across the globe. I might make you laugh, I might make you cry, but I certainly hope, if nothing else, I can touch your life with my tales of triumph & tribulation, the good, the bad and the ugly.
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Apr 27, 2010

8 Under $20: Who Wears Short Shorts?

Ah yes, that time of year has arrived once again: shorts weather. You may love it, you may dread it, you may be torn between the two, but you can't deny it's upon us. And it's time to shave your legs.

Apr 20, 2010

8 Under $20: My Favorite Beauty Buys

Being a girl has its perks, especially when it comes to scoring free drinks at the bar. But being a girl also takes a lot of work and costs a whole lot o' cashola. Just think about all the things we need to pay for that guys don't: waxing, haircare, makeup, Spanx, the list goes on.

Apr 13, 2010

8 Under $20: Leggings

I'll admit, a few years ago when leggings came back in style, I thought there was no way I'd wear them. In fact, I told everyone I knew that I'd rather "walk around pants-less than try and pass off some leggings as pants." Obviously, I've since eaten my words.

Apr 6, 2010

8 Under $20: Sundresses

Summer sundresses are awesome for so many reasons: they're comfy, they're cute and they're totally versatile. You can pair 'em with all kinds of shoes (flats, sandals, heels, wedges, boots; you name it, it can work), and you can wear 'em over a bikini, for those last warm days on campus, or for a night out.

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Mar 30, 2010

8 Under $20: D-D-D-Denim

Jeans are an amazingly versatile little thing: you can dress them up or dress them down; wear them in winter or summer: and find them in a seemingly unlimited variety of cuts, colors and styles. Denim is ALWAYS in in some form or another, and this season is no exception.

8 Under $20: Flirty Florals for Spring!

Every year, as the snow melts and we are once again able to break out the flippy floppies, we begin to see flowers popping up everywhere. And I'm not just talking about in planters and vases. Florals are consistently a huge spring trend, and this year is no exception.

Mar 23, 2010

8 Under $20: Spring Break Essentials

It's been a long, cold winter, but March and Spring Break are finally here! For those of you spending a week in a warm and sunny environment, here are some Spring-Break-I'm-going-to-paradise-and-I-need-to-look-cute-and-show-off-my-bangin-bod essentials for under $20.

Mar 2, 2010

8 Under $20: Turquoise – Spring’s IT Color

If Punxsutawney Phil was correct this year, we now only have 3 more weeks of winter, which means we can soon wash away those winter blues and bust out those spring styles. This year, Pantone's top color will be turquoise, which is not only a fun, bright color that can be mixed with everything from neutrals to browns to other brights, but it looks great on nearly everyone.

Feb 23, 2010

Feb 9, 2010

8 Under $20: Valentine’s Day Fashion

This Sunday is February 14th, that equally loved and dreaded holiday all about looooove. While you may be worrying about whether you have a date or not, there's no need to worry about what you're gonna wear. There are tons of affordable and adorable options out there for any of those V-Day plans.

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Feb 2, 2010

8 Under $20: Tights

I love tights. They not only keep me warm during the winter, but they’re also a fun way to express...

Jan 26, 2010

8 Under $20: Hair Accessories

Though grossly under-rated, hair accessories might be one of the best ways to spice up an outfit and add a special flair. Cheaper than a hot pair of shoes and more practical than a bunch of bangles, headbands and hairpins do double duty: they accessorize and pull that hair out of your face.

Jan 19, 2010

8 Under $20: Overstock

You've seen the commercials (and most likely remember them because they used to discuss "the big O"), but have you actually perused Overstock.com? The site might be overwhelming to some, but that is because it is chock full of awesome deals on clothes, shoes and accessories (in addition to home goods, decor and linens). Overstock.com brings you items that are marked down by up to 80% (!!) and they ship fast and cheap.

Jan 12, 2010

8 Under $20: Heavenly Couture

It's no secret that you can easily find stylish looks for under $20 all over the place. From Forever 21 to Wet Seal, us gals know where to go for the deals. Occasionally, though, my quest for cuteness leads me to a website I've never heard of that has some great finds, like this one: Heavenly Couture. Nothing on this site is over $17.95. Nothing!

Dec 29, 2009

8 Under $20: Last Minute NYE from Forever 21

Hard to believe that in only 2 days we'll be ringing in the new year and it'll have been a decade since all that Y2K mumbo jumbo. I know; that whole "only 2 days" thing freaked me out, too. Not because I'm not ready for 2010, but because I'm not ready for NYE.

Dec 15, 2009

8 Under $20: Sephora

So if you're like me, part of the fun of being a girl is getting all beautified and purtied up. I mean, beyond the fun that is playing with makeup, what's the point of putting together a cute outfit if your skin looks dry, your hair looks flat and you smell like a thrift store?

Dec 8, 2009

8 Under $20: Get Ready For The Holiday Parties!

So Hanukkah begins on Friday and Christmas is 17 days away, which means it's time for holiday parties, dinners, and gatherings of family and friends. And that means you'll need some super cute looks to show off.

Dec 1, 2009

8 Under $20: Alloy

I'll be honest: I always thought Alloy was for the 12-17 age group, but then I started flipping through their merchandise and realized that they have a ton of cute stuff for us more sophisticated ladies. I mean, how could you not love this dress!?

Nov 24, 2009

8 Under $20: Victoria’s Secret

If I know one thing it's that girls who only shop at Victoria's Secret for the bras/panties/sexy lingerie are really missing out. That Vicki has a lot more to offer than lacy underthings that make your boobs look huge; Victoria's Secret is also an awesome place to stock up on clothes, shoes and beauty products. They even have jeans that give your butt some lift!